New research shows that there are approximately 1.6 million students that graduated from college last year in U.S alone. This is a huge number considering the job opportunities available out there. Some are going to dive into post-college job search which means they need to have a resume that stands out, while others have no experience at all.
Whatever spectrum you fall in, you need to have an impressive resume that catches the reviewer’s interest immediately. Remember, a college degree will not win you a straight ticket to the job you desire if you don’t work on developing an extensive resume. But how do you make a great impression with your “after college” CV and catch the attention of the interviewer instantly? Find out!
Include a strong opening with industry keywords and buzzwords
When an employer opens your resume, the first 15-20 words are what he/she reads. Your work is to open strong with a brief summary of your expertise. As you continue, you will have a chance to expand on your experience further down in your resume. For now, keep it short. Include a descriptor or job title and should match with what the employer is looking for.
Don’t forget to use keywords. These are key phrases in the job description that you can include in your resume so that your resume appears on the top search of the right candidate.
Tailor your resume for each job description
Interviewers have specific skills and experiences they are looking for from applicants. Your resume as a fresh graduate should mirror the description of what they have included in the job post. In a large pool of highly qualified candidates, the most captivating resume is one that matches all the requirements including degrees, work experiences, certification, technical skills, or licenses. If the current skills do not match the job description, you will have to be creative and adjust them according to the current skill.
Share your educational Accomplishments
It is not enough to state that you are professional because that’s what you’re supposed to do. The question is, are you good enough for this task? Instead of saying how skilled you are at doing something, focus on highlighting the specific accomplishments you’ve made and how you have excelled in your profession. As a fresh college graduate, you may not have much experience, so highlight your education qualification, what clubs and volunteer work you took part in and what impact you made. This will show that despite a limited work history, you have shown a great sense of consistency and responsibility towards working with others.
Quantify your Success and responsibility
If possible, use numbers to describe your worth. If you were a club leader or a supervisor, how did your input affect the output in terms of expansion, profit margin, or growth? Mention how many members were under you. What decision did you make to change the club? This will show the interviewer that despite little experience, you have what it takes to make an impact in every task.
Highlight awards and achievement.
Demonstrating what others have done to acknowledge your contributions greatly influences your resume than bragging about what you’ve done. Include a list of honors and awards bestowed to your work, and fill it up with formal recognitions. When writing these descriptions of the awards and recognitions, use keywords such as “elected” “recognized” and “selected” to imply recognition. You can also include awards for charity work and community organizations that you volunteered in. Sometimes the employer may request for written recommendations to quantify the awards and achievement. Look for recommenders who know and understand your skills and accomplishments well to back your statement.
Align your skills with a LinkedIn profile
A LinkedIn profile will go a long way in supporting your resume. If you don’t have one, sign up for one immediately and beef up your recommendations on LinkedIn and link it to your resume. Remember don’t cut and paste all the information from your resume. This will just show how lazy you are. Instead, present your skills and qualifications in a discrete way and in details.
In your profile, you can opt to be more narrative and casual rather than using bullet points. Also, remember to demonstrate your personality in the profile. It is expected that the summary section in your profile should be written in the first person. This creates an environment like you are engaging one on one with your interviewer even though they will have reviewed the information before the day of the interview.
Avoid irrelevant information
When writing your resume, it is important to know what to include and leave off. At first, you may think that including all the information is a good idea, but this approach may be a turn off to the interviewer. Including extraneous information simply tells your employer that you don’t understand what you are looking for. Don’t make the work of the reviewer harder, find what is really important and relevant for them. Furthermore, you want them to be interested in your resume.
So, are you fresh from college and wondering how to go about writing an eye-catching resume? These tips will guide you in making an interesting CV and getting the attention of the reviewer. Good luck in finding your dream job.